December 1 – “A Christmas Memory”

Happy Holidays!

To kick off our holiday festivities we are pleased to present “Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory: A Reading for the Holidays” With Jack Herholdt and Suzanne Savoy.


“A Christmas Memory” is a short story by Truman Capote. Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, it was reprinted in The Selected Writings of Truman Capote in 1963. It was issued in a stand-alone hardcover edition by Random House in 1966, and it has been published in many editions and anthologies since.

The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Now a holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory” has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times.

Monday December 1st at 7pm

Suggested Donation $10

Space is limited. Please RSVP to to reserve a seat.

Jack Herholdt and Suzanne Savoy appear courtesy of Actors’  Equity Association.

Creative Team:



NYC & Regional Theatre includes Lady McDuff in Macbeth at The Alley Theatre; Desdemona, Rosalind, and Olivia for The Houston Shakespeare Festival; Mrs. Cortwright in Dodsworth (Aggie Award) at Metropolitan Playhouse; Rhonda in The Secret Rapture at Dallas Theatre Centre; Emilia in The Shakespeare Project’s Othello. Many starring and principal TV/Film roles, including DNC Chairwoman Patricia Whittaker in the Netflix series House of Cards, and Mrs. Pendergast in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Ms. Savoy studied at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada’s design program. You’ll recognize her (on-camera or voice) in many TV & radio ads. She is the founder and director for ten years of Mercury Studio for Actors in Houston, Texas, and was the Education Director and chief designer for The Shakespeare Project in New York City. Currently she is affiliated with Bloodstone Theatre in NYC as a guest artist. More info:



Jack Herholdt is a founding member of the American Bard Theater Company and current Dramaturg. His credits both as an actor and Dramaturg include Much Ado About Nothing, Midsumer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure. Other NYC stage credits include multiple productions with The Drilling Company, Emerging Artists Theatre Company, Julli Theatre Company and Theatre Askew. His favorite credits include the theatrical experience I, Claudius Live for Theatre Askew, and The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom with Voyager Theatre Company. As a writer, Mr. Herholdt has crafted two solo shows, including the critically acclaimed Falling In Love and Other Ridiculous Ideas and the forthcoming Missed Connections.


William Westbrook Burford is a stage director, writer, producer, designer and educator based in NYC and Southampton, NY. Bill is artistic director of Bloodstone Theatrical with whom, through production and performer training, he explores character and how to portray it. He teaches playwriting, directing and production for the MFA in Theatre program at Stony Brook University’s Manhattan and Southampton campuses – He also contributes as writer and photographer to The Southampton Review and directs Stony Brook’s Semester by the Sea creative writing program – arts. From 2001 to 2008 Bill managed the Bay Street Theatre, a LORT C-referenced regional venue in Sag Harbor, New York producing shows with leading Broadway writers, directors, designers and actors –


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